A few weeks ago, I introduced the iPad app, Puppet Pals, to 3rd grade through a tinkering lesson connected with an author study. After that lesson, the teachers and I started planning an extension of their folktale unit using this app. Each class chose a folktale to read multiple version of such as Cinderella, Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs, etc. Then, students wrote their own story using some of the elements that they had noticed in their study of folktales. In art, students designed characters and settings for the stories that they wrote in writing time.
Puppet Pals HD is a free app, but if you upgrade the app for $4.99, you have access to so many more features. My favorite feature is the ability to take photographs of anything and turn it into a character or a setting for your story. Students used their artwork from art to create the characters and settings in the app. From there, students took their script and recorded their folktales. Some students had multiple characters and settings, so it was nice that they could pause the recording to switch out settings or characters.
Once the recordings were done, we exported them to the camera roll and uploaded them to Youtube. The app does allow you to name each story, but it doesn’t transfer the name into the camera roll. I wish we had done the Youtube upload as part of recording because I couldn’t tell which story belonged to which student. For now, all of the stories are just called “Puppet Pals” in Youtube. We’ll go back later and add the student titles and names.